STOKKOYART is an artist residency hosted by Bygda 2.0 and supported by Åfjord Council. The residency offers opportunities for contemporary artists to live and work on Stokkøya for four weeks every year in September and produce a site specific piece of work to be installed in the landscape.
The residency places a strong focus on collaboration and revolves around site specific art making. The studio is based in an old brewery by the sea and the artists have access to wood workshop facilities and office- and research spaces. The collaborative nature of the residency offers a unique occasion for artists to discover their own entrenched habits when met with new ideas and new ways of working. The residency is formed as a collaboration with Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London, Bygda 2.0, and Aafjord Council, aiming to create a platform for collaborative projects for artists across the world.
Stokkoyart is established in 2012 in response to the vision to re-think the rural areas in Norway. In 2050, more then 70 % of the worlds population will be living in cities and a substantial part of the skills and expertise will be lost from the rural areas. At the same time there will be a growing demand for food and natural ressources.. It is therefore important to rethink the rural areas and find ways to make the countryside meet the need of contemporary families. Bygda 2.0 has become a living model of what the future village could look like. Here, sustainable architecture excellent food, and a focus on art and culture have become the driving forces in the rebuilding of the area.